Week 8 of Your pregnancy
How many months if you are 8 weeks pregnant?
If you’re 8 weeks pregnant, you’re in the 2nd month of your pregnancy. Only 7 months left to go! But do you still have queries in your mind?
In this blog post, you will get information that you need to know during this week of your pregnancy.
Baby of 8 Weeks Pregnant Woman
Your baby is about the size of a raspberry. The length of the baby is 0.63 inches, and his weight is about 0.04 ounces.
His hands and feet have webbed fingers and toes. These extra tissues between fingers soon change into individual fingers.
Your baby is growing at a wonderful rate. Now your baby is expanding his size from blueberry to raspberry.
It’s hard to measure how big your baby is. Growth occurs at about the rate of a millimetre per day.
Spurts can happen in the arms, legs, back, and other parts of your baby’s body. Many changes are coming your way in the next few months.
Baby’s lips, nose and eyelids
This week, your baby gets his nose, eyelids, and lips. The embryo is now more like a baby than a reptilian.
Even though the embryo has webbed hands and feet, her teeny fingers and toes are just starting to set apart and her tail is almost disappearing.
Fingers and toes
The embryo has fingers and toes at this time, but they are webbed! Her hands are loosening at the wrists and meeting over her heart.
By now the baby has knees, and her legs may be long enough such that her feet gather in front of her body.
Heartbeats and movements
Your baby’s heart is also growing at a wonderful speed. His heart is beating at a remarkable rate of about 150–170 times per minute.
It can be twice as fast as yours. But, you can’t feel it yet.
The amount of amniotic fluid in your womb is growing, and your womb is growing to make room for the baby.
Getting ready to breathe
Your baby’s respiratory system is developing at a good speed. Breathing tubes widen from her throat to the branches of her developing lungs.
A system of nerves is distributed throughout the body. This makes further connections not only with each other but also with muscles and other tissues, as well as organs like the eyes and ears.
8 Weeks Pregnant Mother
Changes occurring with your body
Even though it is tough to observe any changes in your body from the outside, there are many changes occurring in your body from the inside. Many of the modifications are summarized below.
- Your uterus is changing from the size of a fist to the size of a grapefruit.
- The breasts are also altering their size, becoming tender and sore.
- Another change is that your body has also increased its blood volume from 40 to 50%.
Symptoms during this week
Here is the list of the signs and conditions you will suffer from throughout this week.
Your breasts may be bigger, heavier, and sore. This is because the milk producing lobules in your breasts are beginning to get bigger. These are prepared for breastfeeding, so they are good for you.
Fatigue and tiredness are most common during pregnancy. As the hormones are fluctuating, the body is making more blood for the baby.
So, take proper rest or sleep, making your pregnancy easy. Try to get to bed early or nap properly.
Now, there is also a very challenging sign during your pregnancy, which is nausea, or morning sickness.
Nausea can be really overpowered this week. Keep hydrating your body and eating healthy snacks all throughout the day.
Sensitive sense of smell
With all these irritating signs of your pregnancy, an interesting symptom is also there: a supernatural sense of smell.
If an offensive odour is present, it can hit you with nausea. So it is best to avoid these kinds of smells.
Cramping sounds normal to any mother during this week of pregnancy. The ligaments and muscles in your abdomen are stretching continuously as your uterus is expanding day by day during your pregnancy. Gas and constipation may also be the reasons for your cramps. In order to avoid minor cramping
- Keep changing your position.
- Take a relaxing bath in warm water.
- Intake plenty of water
If the pain increases, you should go to your doctor as it may be an indication of complications in your pregnancy.
Here is another very challenging situation for you: constipation. It normally happens with half of the pregnant women. The best way to deal with this condition is
- Drink plenty of water.
- Eat fibrous foods and take a water-rich diet.
- Practice regular exercise.
- Walk after eating your meals.
- Avoid lying down right after your intake of food.
Spotting is a very common symptom during pregnancy. It may be due to implantation or to an irritated cervix (including sex, as your cervix is more sensitive these days).
It may be a sign of miscarriage in this 8th week.
But spotting is just a few drops of blood, whereas bleeding is when you really need some kind of pad or liner.
So call your doctor if there is bleeding in your pregnancy.
Note: If you’re 8 weeks pregnant with twins, you may feel extra tired and sickened, since you’ve likely got a higher level of those pregnancy hormones required to create two babies.
Pregnancy hormones can also be the reason for acne on your skin. Your body is releasing more oil or extra sebum, which blocks your skin pores.
Many acne creams or medicines are unavailable during pregnancy. So check everything with your doctor before taking any medicine or applying any cream.
To maintain your skin:
- Take a good amount of water.
- Intake of water-rich food
- Take fibrous food, which cleanses all toxins from your body.
- Take antioxidant-containing foods such as spinach and green leafy vegetables.
With this blog post, you will have sufficient knowledge about your baby size, and various symptoms when you are 8 weeks pregnant.
You can look at our next blog for your coming 9 weeks of pregnancy.